Iran clamps 30-year ban on award-winning scribe

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 14:53

Tehran: Iran has sentenced award-winning
woman journalist Jila Baniyaghoob to jail for one year and
banned her from writing for 30 years over post-election
unrest, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Baniyaghoob, 39, "has been sentenced to one year in jail
and banned from journalistic work for 30 years," moderate
daily Shargh said.

Baniyaghoob, who had been working for a string of
best-selling but now closed reformist newspapers, was arrested
on June 20 last year along with her husband and released on
bail two months later.

She was charged with propaganda against the Islamic
regime over her reports on last year`s disputed presidential
election and the protests which followed the official results,
the Kaleme.com website of opposition leader Mir Hossein
Mousavi said.

The International Women`s Media Foundation gave
Baniyaghoob its courage in journalism award in 2009.

Her husband Bahman Ahmadi Amooi, who is an economic
journalist, has been jailed for five years on security charges
over his articles in reformist newspapers.

Iran cracked down heavily on the opposition, rounding up
reformist politicians, journalists and human rights activists
after the June 2009 poll which gave President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad a second term amid fraud allegations.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 14:53

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